Andrew Hockey, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “The engineering construction industry and its supply chain companies engineer, project manage and install much of the critical infrastructure required across Great Britain. Put simply, it ensures the economy has energy security, clean water, food and drink and the everyday products that we all rely on.
“The industry is also critical to providing all of these in a sustainable way as we aim to meet the nations’ energy transition ambitions.
“The ECITB’s new strategy is designed to help address the main workforce challenges facing this vitally important industry over the next three years.
“We have prioritised support for new entrants and new pathways into industry in anticipation of the forecast labour shortages. We will work collaboratively to optimise the funds available and actively promote the diversity of the workforce joining the industry.
“To bridge identified skills gaps we will fund training, supporting the transition of workers for net zero projects and improving digital skills.
“In developing the strategy, the ECITB listened closely to employers, training providers, government representatives and other key stakeholders.
“We aim to deliver what industry has said it needs – a focus on attracting and developing new talent and the provision of high-quality training across Britain.
“For the ECITB, our mission to lead industry learning has never been more important than it is now.”